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One Across, Two Down

by Ruth Rendell

   

   Two things interest Stanley Manning: crossword puzzles, and the substantial sum his wife Vera stands to inherit when his mother-in-law dies. Otherwise, life at 61 Lanchester Road is a living hell....


The Fallen Curtain: Stories

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Short Story 1975

by Ruth Rendell

   A stranger lures a child into his car with the promise of sweets. A young man spots his   fiancée’s double in a public park of ill repute. An executive visits the secluded home of a former employee...


To Fear a Painted Devil

by Ruth Rendell

Gossip in tiny Linchester is raised to new heights when young Patrick Selby dies on the night of his beautiful wife's birthday party. The whole neighborhood was there, witness to the horrible attack of wasps...


Best Man to Die

Inspector Wexford #4

by Ruth Rendell

Who could have suspected that the exciting stag party for the groom would be the prelude to the murder of his close friend Charlie Hatton? And Charlie's death was only the first in a string of puzzling murders...


The St. Zita Society

by Ruth Rendell

From three-time Edgar Award–winning mystery writer Ruth Rendell comes a captivating and expertly plotted tale of residents and servants on one block of a posh London street—and the deadly ways their lives...


A Demon in My View

by Ruth Rendell

She waits for him in the dark, her mind and body perfect, passive, until one day, when he goes to the cellar, and she is gone . . .

In A Demon in My View, Ruth Rendell creates a character as frightening as he...


Harm Done: A New Inspector Wexford Mystery

Inspector Wexford #18

by Ruth Rendell

The search for the body commenced. Then the victim walked into town.

Behind the picture-postcard façade of Kingsmarkham lies a community rife with violence, betrayal, and a taste for vengeance. When sixteen-year-old...


Piranha to Scurfy: And Other Stories

by Ruth Rendell

Nine deliciously frightening and exquisitely crafted tales of psychological terror from Ruth Rendell.

A self-appointed critic reads books only to catch out their errors of fact and usage, which he points out...


Adam and Eve and Pinch Me

by Ruth Rendell

Minty’s boyfriend, Jock, was killed in the disastrous train wreck at Paddington, shortly after he borrowed all her savings. Now he has come back to haunt her. Zillah lost her estranged husband, Jerry, in that...


The Keys to the Street

by Ruth Rendell

Set in and around London's Regent's Park, where the city's wealthiest, poorest, kindest, and most vicious citizens all cross paths, The Keys to the Street tells of the deadly thanks a young woman risks receiving...


13 Steps Down

by Ruth Rendell

Mix Cellini has just moved into a flat in a decaying house in Nottinghill, where he plans to pursue his two abiding passions--supermodel Nerissa Nash, whom he worships from afar, and the life of serial killer...


Not in the Flesh: A Wexford Novel

Inspector Wexford #21

by Ruth Rendell

A new Chief Inspector Wexford mystery from the author who Time magazine has called “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world.”

When the truffle-hunting dog starts to dig furiously, his master’s...


The Water's Lovely

by Ruth Rendell

When Ismay and Heather's stepfather was discovered dead in the bathtub nine years ago, the police concluded the drowning was an accident. But Ismay has always silently suspected that Heather might have had something...


Simisola

Inspector Wexford #16

by Ruth Rendell

In the quiet Sussex country town of Kingsmarkham,  the daughter of Nigerian physician Raymond Akande  is missing. "It's probably nothing, "  says Dr. Akande to his friend and client Chief  Inspector...


A Sight for Sore Eyes

by Ruth Rendell

A Sight for Sore Eyes tells three stories, and for the longest time, the reader has no inkling of how they will come together. The first is a story of a little girl who has been scolded and sent to her room...


Road Rage

Inspector Wexford #17

by Ruth Rendell

Winner of multiple Edgar and Gold Dagger awards including the most prestigious Edgar of them all, the Grand Master, Ruth Rendell returns with a novel that pits Chief Inspector Wexford against a quite personal...


The Vault: An Inspector Wexford Novel

Inspector Wexford #23

by Ruth Rendell

From “the reigning queen of crime fiction” (Time Out), a sequel to A Sight for Sore Eyes, one of Rendell’s most beloved novels—featuring the retired Inspector Wexford.

In the stunning climax to Rendell’s...


Tigerlily's Orchids: A Novel

by Ruth Rendell

Is it dangerous to know too much about your neighbors? In Tigerlily’s Orchids, Diamond Dagger Award–winning Ruth Rendell has written psychologically thrilling novel about the eccentric inhabitants of a...


The Monster in the Box: An Inspector Wexford Novel

Inspector Wexford #22

by Ruth Rendell

The Monster In The Box is the latest addition to Ruth Rendell's classic and beguiling Inspector Wexford series. In this enthralling new book, Rendell, "the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world"...